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Newsmakers: Utah receiver charged with damaging police car, building

Utah's Cory Butler-Byrd, left, catches a touchdown pass as California cornerback Darius White defends during an NCAA college football game in October 2015. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Utah's Cory Butler-Byrd, left, catches a touchdown pass as California cornerback Darius White defends during an NCAA college football game in October 2015. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
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Charged Suspended Utah receiver Cory Butler-Byrd was charged with criminal mischief after authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building last month. Police said in court documents that officers at the university on July 27 heard a loud pop and the sound of glass breaking outside the campus police office, where they found Butler-Byrd readying to throw a large white sign. A window to the building was broken and a nearby patrol car had a smashed rear windshield and dented roof.

Sidelined New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade will miss the rest of the MLS season with a knee injury. Lade tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s 2-2 tie with the Galaxy in Los Angeles. He’s expected to have surgery later this month.

LSU defensive lineman Christian LaCouture will miss the entire season because of a knee injury that occurred in a recent practice. LaCouture, a senior, has started 23 games for the Tigers. He was expected to play primarily at end, but also has played the interior line spots.

Hired Purdue hired Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski, less than a month before the struggling Boilermakers football program kicks off its fourth season under Darrell Hazell. Bobinski replaces Morgan Burke, who has held the position for 23 years and is formally retiring next summer.

Retired Olympian Julia Clukey retired from luge, ending a 19-year career that saw her compete in the 2010 Vancouver Games, win the U.S. national title two years later and claim a record eight national start championships. She cited ongoing complications related to Arnold-Chiari syndrome, a condition that causes brain tissue to extend into the spinal canal and cause a number of problems.

Announced Kentucky reserve guard E.J. Floreal is leaving basketball to compete for the Wildcats’ track and field squad coached by his father, Edrick Sr. Floreal played in 29 games over three years with the Wildcats and was on teams that won back-to-back Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships and reached the Final Four in 2014 and ‘15.

Reported Northwestern State men’s basketball coach Mike McConathy says guard Jalan West, whose highly anticipated senior season was wiped out by a left knee injury, has reinjured the same knee and may not be able to play in 2016-17. West, who averaged 20 points and 7.7 assists two seasons ago, initially hurt his knee in the 2015-16 season opener at Mississippi.McConathy says West reinjured his knee last week during a routine drill and that radiologists have determined that West has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and some cartilage damage.

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